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Video: 'Providing a scholarship is one of the most generous things you could do'

Donors to West Virginia University have provided 2,059 endowed and non-endowed scholarships for students, making a significant and meaningful impact on the lives of students for years to come at WVU.

"It shows that someone believes in me," said Matteo Cerasoli, majoring in mechanical aerospace engineering. "I've presented them with what I've done so far in my academic career and I'm showing them that I'm willing to do more and want to do more.

"Seeing that someone believes in me and they support me, even though they've never met me face-to-face, it's really inspiring and impactful in the sense that it's support from even those who don't know who I am."  

Overall, WVU (Morgantown campus) awards over $400 million each year in financial aid, including $50 million in grants and scholarships. 

"I would definitely want to show (donors) my greatest gratitude and thank them for their support," Cerasoli said. "Scholarships, for many people, (are) the only way that they can go to college and better themselves. Being in a position to provide that for people is one of the most generous things you could do."

Watch the video above for more from a few of those students who received scholarships this past academic year. You can also make an impact today  on your school or department of choice at West Virginia University. 

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